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Eric Close: You've Got To Grow Your Fan Base

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Eric Close is a very busy man these days. Not only does he co-star on Nashville as Teddy Conrad, but on Saturday, he and his wife, Keri, are hosting a big fundraiser at their home for The Africa Foundation.

And the benefit at the Closes' home iisn't the first time they've helped The Africa Foundation, according to E! Online.

In 2009, they raised $55,000 to build a preschool in Welvierdiend, South Africa. This time, they hope to fund similar work in Zululand with a Nashville-style acoustic concert in their own backyard. Sam Palladio, who plays Gunnar Scott on Nashville, is one of the performers.

"We have two kids of our own and fortunately because of where they were born and their family, they have a lot of opportunities," Close said. "But there are a lot of children who don't have the opportunities so if you could somehow provide some of just the basic needs, that could make the difference in these kids' lives. You never know when one of those kids could grow up to be a leader in their community. They could end up becoming a leader like a Nelson Mandela.

Eric Close joins Steve Edwards and Maria Sansone on Good Day L.A.

Fun Facts About Eric Close: (Source: Wikipedia)

1) He is an American actor, best known for his roles in television series. Close was interested in acting from an early age and had some stage experience in school, but did not decide to pursue an acting career until after college. His first role was in a theater production Rat Songs in L.A., after which he was offered a part in the film American Me (1992) and Safe House directed by Elena Mannus. He had a brief stint in daytime television when he played Sawyer Walker on NBC's daytime soap Santa Barbara from 1992 to 1993. He received a Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Male Newcomer for his role as Sawyer Walker on Santa Barbara.

2) Close is best known for his role on CBS drama Without a Trace as FBI agent Martin Fitzgerald. The show ran for seven seasons from 2002 to 2009. He later had recurring role on Suits, and was series regular on another CBS show Chaos. In 2012, Close began co-starring with Connie Britton in the ABC drama Nashville as Teddy Conrad, initially the husband of Britton’s character Rayna Jaymes and later the mayor of Nashville.

3) Close graduated with a B.A. in Communications at the University of Southern California in 1989.

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